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21 March 2011 @ 06:54 pm
Need an easy-to-prepare healthy recipe  
This week's Friday potluck theme is "healthy".

I need a healthy recipe to serve 25. Can be any category: appetizer, main, side, beverage, dessert. Should ideally be easy to prepare.

At the moment, I'm leaning toward a supermarket fruit or veggie tray, but I am open to suggestions.
Wolfteddywolf on March 21st, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Would Mango Lassi fit the definition?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 21st, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
I don't see why not. Let me go look at a recipe.
Cymru Llewescymrullewes on March 21st, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
What's the definition of healthy?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 21st, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
"Bring a dish that you think is healthy food". Sorry; that's all I have to work with.
(no subject) - cymrullewes on March 22nd, 2011 12:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
Skye: bluebonnetspagawne on March 21st, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Would you be interested in a soup? Easy, healthy, and not terribly expensive. pgawne@verizon.net
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 21st, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Soup could work; I have a crockpot.
Beckyladysprite on March 21st, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
I have a recipe for a three-bean salad that's awesome; if you want, I can pass it on....

(umbran also recommends vegetarian chili as a healthy potluck food....)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 21st, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in the salad recipe. And, hm, veggie chili in a crockpot. That could work.
Surrendering to the mysteryjenett on March 21st, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Hummus and pita bread?

I second the soup idea. (I have a recipe for carrot and dill soup that's public on Dreamwidth: http://jenett.dreamwidth.org/1351220.html)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 21st, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Hummus and pita, like "fruit tray" requires very little prep time on my part.
suzilemsuzilem on March 21st, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
my old fallback is the broccoli, califlower, cherry tomato, black olives, parmesan, dry italian salad dressing mix (just dry, don't mix it up), and a glug of extra virgin olive oil to make the cheese and salad dressing mix stick to the other stuff. Let it age in the fridge overnight. I usually haul it around in a huge ziplock bag. It multiplies nicely and usually disappears rapidly.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 21st, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting -- do you use the grated parmesan in a jar, or do you get the real thing and shave or grate it?
(no subject) - suzilem on March 22nd, 2011 12:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Lyn Thorne-Alder: Winealdersprig on March 22nd, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Lentils lentils lentils lentils.

Um. :-)


Johnjohnpalmer on March 22nd, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
I don't know. Maybe you should consider a legume instead. Lentils, maybe?
(no subject) - aldersprig on March 22nd, 2011 12:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - janetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aldersprig on March 23rd, 2011 02:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on March 22nd, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
I do a black bean/white bean/corn thing that goes really well as a salad (of sorts) and a side. It's basically equal parts black & white beans and corn, with a white vinegar/veg oil dressing with a bit of sugar, paprika, onion, garlic, and black pepper in it. You can throw in cherry tomatoes (or halves of grape tomatoes) & pieces of onion in it too to make it more like a salsa. Sorry, no recipe - it's one of those things that just kinda happens in my kitchen.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
Hm. That sounds good, too.
Dr. Ben Mack: Prominent User of the Internetepi_lj on March 22nd, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Chana masala is very easy to make (depending on the recipe you choose). I might go with that. You'd probably want to also make a big whack of rice to go with it.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Sounds interesting. Thanks!
Tim Illingworthtimill on March 22nd, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Veggie samosas. Takes abut an hour to make a batch of about 2 dozen, excluding boiling and cooling the potatoes.

I made some of these this evening; could have used more spicing (or less potato, I suspect) and needed filo that hadn't been defrosted more than a week ago - the sheets stuck, tore, and fell apart. I got a dozen samosas before chucking the rest of the pastry and eating the remaining filling as a snack.
Tim Illingworthtimill on March 22nd, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Oh yes - the hour also excludes the baking time; I find they do OK at 350 for 25-30 mins...
(no subject) - janetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
fatcook: Yummyfatcook on March 22nd, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
I have a recipe for a spinach-artichoke dip that is healthy and sinful. It requires baking...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Baking? That sounds interesting.
Elizabeth Barretteysabetwordsmith on March 22nd, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Oatmeal-Date Bars

(To reduce fat, less bacon could be used, or the fat could be trimmed off the bacon meat.)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: Hmm...
I like the crockpot aspect of the beans. The date bars sound really good but more time-intensive than I'm willing to put in.
Re: Hmm... - ysabetwordsmith on March 23rd, 2011 02:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Josh Brownjoshbrown on March 22nd, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
Madbucha (Moroccan pepper and tomato salad)
Okay, here is the recipe.
Take the following:
15 tomatoes (you can get cheaper ones, since they are for cooking), chopped
10 peppers, any color, although red is traditional, cut up. But not cut up too small that they will dissolve when cooked.
Anywhere up to 5 hot peppers, chopped up small. I like it spicy, so I use 5. My mom doesn't like it as spicy, so she uses 2. This is the kind of thing that you need to play with a bit until you get it the way you like.
After you have finished cutting up all of that, take:
1 nice sized onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped.
Take a pot big enough to contain all of the above, and cover the
bottom with oil, and put it on a flame.
When the oil is hot, put in the onion and garlic.
When they start turning translucent, add the rest of the vegetables and salt.
Mix and cover.
Every so often, mix.
When the level of liquid is higher than the level of the vegetables, turn off the flame and strain most, but not all the liquid.
Add a container of tomato paste and spices. There is no official list of spices. I just go through my spice rack and toss in what ever seems right. That usually includes salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, parsley and oregano.
Once it's cooled, enjoy.
If you do make it, let me know what you think.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
Re: Madbucha (Moroccan pepper and tomato salad)
Sounds very good. I think I'd be more tempted to make that when I have more time, but I'll certainly keep it in mind. Thanks!
ex_serenejo on March 22nd, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
My wheatberry salad (click for recipe and another photo).

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
That sounds really good, if I had any idea where to buy wheatberries. I'll certainly keep it in mind, though.
(no subject) - ex_serenejo on March 23rd, 2011 02:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
Tom the Alien Cattomtac on March 22nd, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Quick Recipe:
1. Open canned black beans. Rinse.
2. Pour on pasta sauce, chili powder, mix.
3. Into the microwave.

- Nothing bad in it.
- Can be dressed up easily, really tweakable with spices and extras.
- Can be made easily.

- I take the step of rinsing the beans a lot, and even soaking them, to get the canned sodium out as much as possible.

- I get to take it home and eat it myself! Honestly, there was one time when the folks ate it all up, a few times when it wasn't touched because of competition. But most times, people try it and go for something else, unless an enthusiastic few really like it.
- More and more microwaving just makes it taste and feel more like chili, it also can get dry. I just pour on more tomato/pasta

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couple cans black beans
some chili powder
optional other beans, even un-canned-but-soaked beans
optional tomato/pasta sauce, with different spices/mushrooms/meat
optional "chili paraphernalia": parsley, peppers for the top

I take cans of black beans. Although they are already cooked and all, they like to pack it with salt, so I rinse them a couple of times, and even let them sit in a bowl of water a few minutes and rinse again.

If I want, I do the same with other beans, mix them together, call it a 2- or 3- or whatever-bean chili.

If I want to add meat, I do. I don't add cheese, but one can if one wants.

I do indeed like to pour pasta sauce on it. As the sauce microwaves, it seems to get a "harder" more Western taste. I try HARD to get sauce that does not have sugar added, and avoid the corn syrup stuff.

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 23rd, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
That sounds both easy and delicious. Thanks!